Labor Day is coming, with music, draft horses, and bicycle races in North Iowa. Make a note in your planners and calendars.
• Dylan Scott will headline Ventura Fire Septemberfest on Saturday, Sept. 2. Gates open for the all ages show at 5 p.m.
Other performers include Nashville recording artists Brecken Miles and Tyler Steel. The event is a fundraiser for the Ventura Fire Department. Tickets are $20, available at www.venturafireseptemberfest.com.
• Strong, graceful horses will be featured at the 36th Annual Britt Draft Horse Show Sept. 1-3 on the Hancock County District Fairgrounds in Britt.
The show will feature 18 of the finest 6-horse hitches in the United States and Canada, representing the best of the Belgian, Percheron and Clydesdale performance horses.
The fairgrounds open at 7 a.m. each day, and the grandstand shows are at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Friday's admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Admission Saturday and Sunday is $10 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12; children age 5 and under are free.
• Labor Day weekend also includes North Iowa Spin's second annual Cannonball Cross, a USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross bicycle race.
The race will be Sept. 2-3 in East Park, Mason City, with 18 different category races each day. Racing starts at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday and 10:15 a.m. Sunday. For information and a race schedule, visit www.cannonballcross.com.
• Northwood's 14th annual Founders Day is just around the corner. On Saturday, Sept. 9, enjoy the Aristocrats Classic car show, a cemetery walk, a 5k fun run, entertainment by Robby Vee and Caravan, vendors, contests, the opportunity to visit all five museums, and more.
Vendors are being sought for the day. Anyone interested in being a vendor, is asked to call Verla Perry at 641-324-2252 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for a space, but reservations are required.
• One of the first coin shows of the season will be Saturday, Sept. 9, at the high school commons in Clarion. The fall show, sponsored each September by the 59-year-old Clarion Coin Club, will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Two dozen dealers are expected, with coins, tokens, paper currency, stamps, sports cards, collecting supplies, catalogs and gold and silver bullion. Admission is free. For information, call Boyd LaRue, club president, at 515-460-5681.
• The Lime Creek Nature Center and Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board will host their annual Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the nature center.
Activities include canoeing/kayaking, air rifles, archery, trail tram rides, historical artifact display, live reptile and amphibian program, bee house building, bird Smart Trail challenge, nature art activity, Dutch oven cooking, monarch butterfly tagging, flint/steel fire starting, pond life, photo contest display, and minnow races. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a prize drawing at the event's end at 2:30 p.m.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by calling 641-423-5309. Registration is open for Lime Creek Nature Center members, and beginning Aug. 23 for non-members. Registration ends at noon Sept. 7.
• The 15th annual Duncanfest is set for Sept. 16-17 in the Community Ballroom in Duncan.
Bands include Malek's Fishermen Band, Mark Vyhlidal Orchestra, Adam Sandhurst and the Jolly Jammers, and Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen. Admission is $15 Saturday, $12 Sunday, $25 for a two-day pass. Youth 18 and under are free with a paid adult. For information, visit www.duncanballroom.com.